Primary election results

By on August 19, 2014

Planet JH here at election result headquarters waiting on first precincts to come in:

 Candidates listed in order of votes received.

 

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Republicans

Paul Vogelheim moves on.

Paul Perry moves on.

Reynolds Pomeroy moves on.

Mark Obringer is out.**

Noteworthy: Vogelheim no surprise to dominate the field. Perry strong as well. Pomeroy barely edges Obringer by 1 vote. **Mandatory recount has been called for in this race.

 

Democrats

Mark Newcomb moves on.

Smokey Rhea moves on.

Ben Ellis moves on.

Hank Phibbs is out.

Noteworthy: Incumbent backlash bites Phibbs and nips at Ellis’ heels. Newcomb blows away the field. Rhea impressive in a comfortable second place finish.

 

MAYOR

Sara Flitner moves on.

Mark Nowlin moves on.

Geneva Chong is out.

Stephen McDonald is out.

Noteworthy: Nowlin made it much closer than we anticipated. Chong not a factor. McDonald was fun while he was around.

 

HOUSE DISTRICT 23

Republicans

Jim Darwiche moves on.

Wally Ulrich is out.

Noteworthy: Darwiche cruised.

 

COUNTY CORONER

Democrats

Brent Blue moves on.

Dave Hodges is out.

Noteworthy: Comfortable victory for the Doc.

 

COUNTY ASSESSOR

Democrats

Andy Cavallaro moves on.

Dee Buckstaff is out.

Noteworthy: Cavallaro won easily.

 

Five of the six SPET ballot items passed. The proposal to fund a new exhibit hall for the fairgrounds for $1.5 million and transform the old building into a maintenance headquarters for Teton County Parks and Rec was struck down.


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36 Comments

  1. anonyholic II

    August 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    You guys better get on your game! You have democrats as republicans, democratic commission candidates running for house district 23, and…Andy ‘CAVARRILLO’??? Please.

  2. anonyholic II

    August 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you! :)

  3. Scott

    August 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Only 2 Mayorals move on

  4. Scott

    August 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    does this include absentee ballots?

    • jake

      August 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      yes
      all in

  5. JH Native

    August 20, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Great… a coroner candidate who shot at his wife. This should be interesting.

    • Jordan Rivers

      August 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      I still miss my wife…but my aim is improving

      • Susan

        August 26, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        oH FUNNY.

    • Maybe next time

      August 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Some wives deserve to be shot at. It’s a distraction and an overblown incident but it does make for fun conversation and it may say something about his temperament but it’s a judgement without evidence. And many see the CC permit denial as unjustified and political.

      I do like the idea of an independent coroner. The SO’s office needs an outsider not an insider as a coroner. The coroner is the only one who can arrest the Sheriff.

      • anonyholic II

        August 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

        Excellent point, Maybe next time. Few know the coroner has the authority to arrest the sheriff. Hodges made no indication he would resign his deputy position with the SO if elected. Would have created a conflict of interest. Blue is now a shoe-in, imho, as it should be.

      • JH Native

        August 22, 2014 at 11:31 am

        Its nice to know that you believe shooting a gun at one’s wife is a fun conversation but has no merit in the suitability of a candidate for an elected position.

        • Susan

          August 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

          Depends who the wife is. You make a fine point but:

          The idea that everyone who has a bad moment in life is unfit to do anything and is incapable of change is shortsighted nonsense.

          Dr. Blue is a fine man and Dave would have made a fine coroner. Both can do the job with excellence. There’s no reason to think that either one would be better for our community or worse. It’s just a popularity contest in Jackson or your feel good vote – Sara Flitner.

        • BukkSh$T

          August 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

          Did he shoot at her or near her — big difference.

          It’s a question.

          Either you have the proof or you don’t.

          I don’t. But all the evidence points to a tire.

          • JH Native

            August 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm

            He was convicted of it so there is your proof. A blatant disregard for human life. No way around that.

        • Peter

          August 31, 2014 at 11:22 am

          “but has no merit in the suitability of a candidate for an elected position:”

          It’s amazing what people read into others’ comments. Seems pretty clear that they took a look at the facts and decided that this didn’t rise to the level of disqualification without further evidence.

          That’s hardly an endorsement of shooting a gun at a car tire – or as you believe – his wife.

          What is most interesting is YOUR certainty about all things – the holder of all truths is you?

      • Robert00098

        August 23, 2014 at 11:01 am

        Actually, it’s not an overblown incident and would have been taken more seriously at the time had it not been for good old boy politics. Dr. Blue should have been prosecuted as a felony domestic violence suspect. Instead, the case was pled down to a misdemeanor where Dr. Blue received what amounted to a slap on the wrist. The sheriff’s report is public record, I urge you all to read it.

        As far as Dave Hodges goes, he cannot be both a deputy sheriff and the Coroner at the same time. He would have had to resign his position as a deputy sheriff.

        • Juicy

          August 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm

          Do continue. Fill in the facts that prove Dr. Blue is a threat to the community or was a real threat to his wife.

          Plenty of upstanding citizens came to his defense including the old sheriff, Zimmer. You’re saying that the powers that be conspired to protect Blue? The old times are just like the new times…..

          • Susan

            August 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

            They probably don’t like his abortion position.

          • JH Native

            August 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

            His past actions and poor judgment have already proved he is unfit. Using a gun on one’s wife (or anybody for that matter), outside of self defense, shows a disregard for human life.

            ~JH Native

          • JH Native

            August 27, 2014 at 10:51 am

            By the way, your approval of violence towards women is appalling!

          • Robert00098

            August 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm

            It’s impossible to prove future behavior. However, the best indicator of future behavior is past behavior, hence the recommendation by Sheriff Whalen to deny Blue’s request. Dr. Blue should have been charged with domestic violence as a result of the gun incident, and if found guilty by a jury of his peers, the concealed carry application would have been automatically denied.

        • Lover

          August 27, 2014 at 6:58 am

          “The sheriff’s report is public record, I urge you all to read it”

          The SO’s report isn’t a finding in a court of law nor is it considered to be proof of anything.

          Since letters from former sheriff Bob Zimmer and current Teton County Attorney Steve Weichman endorsed Blue’s CC permit request, I can only assume that these two individuals are acting in a reckless fashion if Dr. Blue’s actions were as horrible as painted by his detractors.

          It would not surprise me if they were acting in a reckless fashion but it would not surprise me to find out that all the bad mouthing was from abortion opponents either. Law enforcement and the justice system do play favorites in the Hole and everything is hardly blind and just but the attacks on Blue from the haters is just that – hate.

          The people who bring up the issue are after Blue because they don’t like his

          • Lover

            August 27, 2014 at 7:03 am

            “”The sheriff’s office report of the incident states that the couple was in the process of separating and Blue wanted to stop his wife from entering their home because he believed she was removing his possessions from the residence.

            At the time, Blue allegedly stated “I can’t believe I missed,” hitting her rear tire.

            An original charge of aggravated assault and battery was dismissed, but two charges — reckless endangerment and breach of peace — were not, court records show.””

            WOW. He shot at her car tire.

            I’d shoot too if someone was stealing stuff from me.

          • JH Native

            August 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

            I am willing to bet his ex-wife felt the same hate you describe when she realized her then husband had fired a gun in her direction. But who cares about her fear, Brent is a wonderful man….

        • First Stone

          August 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm

          “Actually, it’s not an overblown incident and would have been taken more seriously at the time had it not been for good old boy politics. ”

          Proof?

    • First Stone

      August 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      JH Native:

      You say that the courts convicted Blue but they only found him guilty of reckless endangerment and breach of peace. Heck, that’s what the police did when they zapped Frank Meek after a traffic stop.

      Blue’s actions don’t amount to assault nor is it an “approval of violence towards women” by those who see the issue as a heated moment between two parties in the middle of a bitter divorce.

      What was the wife doing? You tell us. You claim to be the expert in this matter.

      There are far worse sins than expressing anger in an inappropriate way – there’s no pattern of reckless behavior or violence toward anyone by Dr. Blue. The only pattern is the hatred toward Blue by abortion opponents who will do anything to harm him.

  6. Jordan

    August 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Not all SPET ballots passed. 6 went down.

  7. BukkSh$T

    August 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    “By the way, your approval of violence towards women is appalling!”

    Add Teton County Attorney Steve Weichman & Sheriff Zimmer

  8. anonyholic II

    August 28, 2014 at 2:52 am

    How much drama awaits? We’ll find out when Blue is elected coroner. Sheriff Whalen kept him from getting a concealed carry permit. Weichman, already at odds with Whalen for having chatty deputies, sided with the Doc as did ex-sheriff Zimmer. Blue has filed an appeal. As that proceeds through the court, Whalen will have to work with the Doc, who will be the only official authorized to arrest him.

    • Betsy

      August 28, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Yes. Small-town squabbles over small-town issues.

      Wonder if Blue gets to carry a gun a coroner?

  9. Peter

    August 31, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Robert00098:

    “Dr. Blue should have been charged with domestic violence as a result of the gun incident”

    He wasn’t. Why should he have been charged with DV if the evidence didn’t support it? What facts were left out? Who fixed Blue’s “ticket”?

    Let’s point out the crooks running law enforcement & the judicial system.

    If you don’t have evidence to support your claim then don’t bother Blue. He’s may be less of a sinner than 99.99% of the people who run for office or enforce our laws.

    • Robert00098

      August 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Peter, evidence is presented in court. What is required for a charge is probable cause; and there was ample probable cause to charge him with a felony AND domestic violence. The prosecutor made a decision on the charge; that is his prerogative.

      • Sal

        September 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm

        “there was ample probable cause to charge him with a felony AND domestic violence”

        Then why not?

        Because the evidence didn’t support it, or because of corrupt elected officials – the Sheriff and PA?

        Probable cause ISN’T a finding of fact nor is it proof of anything until a case runs through the courts. The biggest crime here may have been that it didn’t go through the courts. Had that happened then we would have a ‘Guilty’ or ‘Not Guilty’ verdict and none would be trying to present as fact what isn’t fact.

  10. Sal

    September 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Blue can still CC. He just can’t get the permit. He can also practice medicine. The idea that he’s unfit to be a coroner seems silly in comparison to the fact that he can do something with much greater authority and with a much greater impact on ##living## people.

  11. How do you spell unprofessional?

    September 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Jim Whalen, Todd Smith, and Steve Weichman trouble me more than Dr Blue.

  12. The Trolldom

    September 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    RE: “It’s impossible to prove future behavior. However, the best indicator of future behavior is past behavior”

    Then law enforcement is in trouble.

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